Amy Gardener wrote:Thanks for starting this thread, Freyda. Are you planning on using the stove inside your bow top wagon or outside? Are you trying to heat your wagon or just your food? If you are having your wagon pulled by a donkey or cow, are you interested in using their waste fuel? Out here, the bow-top is called a shepherd's wagon. I look forward to learning more about portable rocket cooker ideas and mini-stoves from the experts.
Douglas Alpenstock wrote:
On the gadget side of things, there are portable wood-burning camping stoves that use an internal fan to make a hot, clean burn. There have been versions of these around for decades. The current iteration is the BioLite CampStove 2+. People seem to really like them. I can't speak to their lifespan though.
Thanks for the suggestions Douglas.
Checking out the links, I can say that this is really too high-tech for my tastes, as well as way too pricey for what it is. However, it caused me to do more searching and research on what is out there. More about that below.
Anne Miller wrote:Freyda, I am fascinated with rocket stoves too so I love reading about them.
Thanks for helping me out with relevant links! I never seem to be able to word searches in a way that brings them up.
"I am assuming that what you want would be small enough not to take up to much space while traveling and be easy to take in and out of the wagon."
"My guess would be that what you want is a mini or a micro rocket stove."
Actually, that is what I thought at first but, after a lot of research on websites that sell prefab ones, I saw that the flames that come out the feed tray are way too dangerous for inside a wagon!
Here are some informative threads that I found, one is from 8 years ago:
This one is way too big for a wagon. More like a RMH with a 5 gal stack!
"This one is about making one from tin cans so it is small:"
This is an awesome infographic! Even though it won't be right for the wagon, I am finally encouraged to try building one for use around the homestead outdoors. It would be great not to have to go inside and use a propane stove just to make tea! Thanks!
This thread is a good example of the kind of discussions that leave me scratching my head! Way out there on technical stuff. Copper coils and heating water? I need more than tutorials for this kind of thing!
This thread is very interesting and has many links to manufactured stoves. Only one, however, is the efficient double-burn design. It's also made in the US and looks amazing but is Waaaay too expensive! It looks more appropriate to a permanent dwelling as well. I'm disappointed to see that, even though it was posted a year ago, there doesn't look to be any more action on the thread. Too bad. Maybe I'll invite him to this thread.
And now here is a stove made in the US that I think would be perfect...and it won't break the bank! The maker has a lot to say about build (and the inferiority of others') as well as some great videos. That's where I learned about the flame path on Rocket stoves. He has three others as well.